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  • April 2016

    William Fisher Leads Field Education Research in Social Work

    SPRINGFIELD — Springfield College School of Social Work Professor and Director of Field Education William Fisher is the lead author….

    Joint Commission Issues New Standards to Address Eating Disorders

    OAKBROOK TERRACE, Ill. — The Joint Commission is implementing new behavioral healthcare standards, effective July 1, 2016, to better address….

    Continued Excellence Award Nominations Due Monday

    SPRINGFIELD — Time is running out to nominate someone for the Continued Excellence Award, as BusinessWest magazine will accept nominations….

    Holyoke Medical Center Employees Donate to Womanshelter Compañeras

    HOLYOKE — On Friday, April 29, Holyoke Medical Center (HMC) employees will present a check for $1,000 to Womanshelter Compañeras,….

    The Garden to Host Workshops on Loss, Garden Party Fund-raiser

    NORTHAMPTON — The Garden: A Center for Grieving Children and Teens will host two workshops in May and a fund-raiser….

    Linda Manor Extended Care Offers Talk on Parkinson’s Disease June 7

    LEEDS — Linda Manor Extended Care Facility will host a presentation on Parkinson’s disease on Tuesday, June 7 from 1….

    Cooley Dickinson Hospital Earns ‘A’ Grade for Patient Safety

    NORTHAMPTON — Cooley Dickinson Hospital was one of 798 hospitals — and among only 36 in Massachusetts — that ranked….

    WNEU Students Focus Efforts on Mental Illness, Suicide Prevention

    SPRINGFIELD — Western New England University (WNEU) students will host their second annual Out of the Darkness Walk for suicide….

    Some States Pay Twice the Price for Healthcare, New Report Finds

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — Among the commercially insured, wide variations in prices have some states paying more than double what other….

    Holyoke Medical Center Earns ‘A’ Grade for Patient Safety

    HOLYOKE — Holyoke Medical Center (HMC) has again earned an ‘A’ rating from the Leapfrog Group, ranking it among the….

    Dr. Hafez Alsmaan Honored with Patient-Centered Physician Award

    PITTSFIELD — Dr. Hafez Alsmaan, a pulmonary and critical-care specialist at Berkshire Medical Center (BMC), has been recognized with the….

    HMC Again Receives National Accreditation for Breast Center

    HOLYOKE — Holyoke Medical Center (HMC) was again granted a three-year full accreditation designation by the National Accreditation Program for….

    Concussion: the Invisible Injury

    For years, athletes and coaches downplayed the injury, calling it merely a ‘ding,’ or getting your ‘bell rung.’ No longer…..

    Updating the Language of Disability

    Language can be a powerful tool that enables human beings to convey not just information but also ideas, emotions, and….

    See Change – Scleral Lenses Give Hope to Desperate Patients

    Since Bradley Sweet was diagnosed with keratotonus, he’s had to choose between poor vision and constant discomfort. Until now. Keratoconus,….

    Addiction in the Workplace – Substance-abuse Issues Pose Stern Challenges for Employers

    Rene Pinero says antiquated beliefs persist about individuals who become addicted to alcohol or drugs, despite recent headlines and ample….

    Taking Matters to Heart – A Healthy Lifestyle Reduces the Risk of Cardiovascular Disease

    The statistics are chilling: Not only is cardiovascular disease the number-one killer of women in this country, every 80 seconds….

    Screen Test – Mammograms Can Help Reduce Deaths from Breast Cancer

    Every year, Dr. Lisa Planeta sees about six patients with large, cancerous breast tumors who have never had a mammogram…..

    Life-saving Measure – New Vaccine Can Prevent Development of Cervical Cancer

    In the 1940s, cervical cancer was a leading cause of cancer-related death for women in the U.S. But today, thanks….

    Employers, Prepare Now Changes – May Be Coming to White-collar Overtime Exemption Rules

    This year, the Department of Labor (DOL) is making some significant changes to the regulations governing which executive, administrative, and….

    Survey Finds Insurance-coverage Gains, but Access, Affordability Gaps

    BOSTON — Results from a survey of Massachusetts residents regarding health insurance released by the Blue Cross Blue Shield of….

    CSO Offers Free Youth Mental-health First-aid Trainings

    NORTHAMPTON — Funded by a three-year grant by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration (SAMHSA) through the White….

    An Aging World – New Census Bureau Report Details Global Phenomenon

    The world’s older population continues to grow at an unprecedented rate. Today, 8.5% of people worldwide (617 million) are age….

    AMA Details Vision for Ending Opioid Epidemic

    ATLANTA — Dr. Patrice Harris, chair-elect of the American Medical Assoc. and chair of its Task Force to Reduce Opioid….

    Workshop on ‘Grieving the Death of a Child’ Slated for May 14

    NORTHAMPTON — The Garden: A Center for Grieving Children and Teens announced a free workshop, “Grieving the Death of a….

    Thoughts to Chew On – Parents Need to Be Gatekeepers and Keep the Junk Food Out

    Q: I’ve followed to the rule breastfeeding my child, introducing him to solid foods at about five months while continuing….

    Career Pulse – April 16

    Houff Named Director of Physician Services for HMC Specialty Practices HOLYOKE — Spiros Hatiras, President and CEO of Holyoke Medical….

    Epilepsy Foundation New England to Host Annual Springfield Walk

    SPRINGFIELD — People living with epilepsy, their families, friends, and caregivers are encouraged to take part in the Epilepsy Foundation….

    Pet Ambassador Brings Comfort, Companionship to East Village Place

    EAST LONGMEADOW — Pet Partners has named April 30 National Pet Therapy Day to recognize all of the exceptional therapy….

    BusinessWest Seeks Nominations for Continued Excellence Award

    SPRINGFIELD — As part of its 10th annual 40 Under Forty program, BusinessWest, the sister publication of HCN, is taking….

    Questions and Answers What to Consider Before Selling Your Practice

    Are you looking to escape the regulatory and administrative burdens associated with running a practice? Maybe you’re considering joining the….

    North Adams Mayor Joins Anti-stigma Campaign

    NORTH ADAMS — North Adams Mayor Richard Alcombright has long advocated for people with mental-health and substance-use issues. Now, he….

    BFMC, Health Policy Commission Announce CHART Grant

    GREENFIELD — Baystate Franklin Medical Center (BFMC) recently announced the hospital’s receipt of a $1.8 million grant from the Mass…..

    BFMC Heart & Vascular Program Moves to Main Hospital Building

    GREENFIELD — Baystate Heart & Vascular’s Greenfield practice has moved from its former location at 48 Sanderson St. to a….

    Dementia Initiative Announces Workshop Series

    FLORENCE — The Dementia Initiative welcomes three Cooley Dickinson Health Care providers as guest experts at its spring 2016 workshop….

    Trinity Health Awards Grant for Mercy Medical Center Project

    SPRINGFIELD — Trinity Health, the parent organization of Mercy Medical Center, has selected Mercy’s new community health project as a….

    Wernick Achieves Deficiency-free Survey from DPH

    Participants in Wernick Adult Day Health Care take part in a number of stimulating activities throughout the day. LONGMEADOW —….

    Community Enterprises to Mark 40 Years with Luncheon

    NORTHAMPTON — Richard Venne, president and CEO, invites the public to join Community Enterprises Inc. in celebrating 40 years of….

    Governor Signs Landmark Opioid Legislation into Law

    BOSTON — Gov. Charlie Baker recently signed landmark legislation into law to address the deadly opioid and heroin epidemic plaguing….

    Look Good … Feel Better’ Program Slated for April 28

    WARE — The Baystate Regional Cancer Program at Baystate Mary Lane Hospital and the American Cancer Society will present “Look….

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